Probiotics & Skincare

I grew up under the notion that all bacteria is bad bacteria. Working in healthcare I am constantly washing my hands and sanitizing my phone, stethoscope and pens to kill off any lurking bacteria. When patients are sick we prescribe antibiotics to fend off bacterial infections. Everywhere we look are antibacterial wipes and sprays. All this focus on … More Probiotics & Skincare

COMLEX Level 3 Overview

Last week I completed my third and final COMLEX exam, cue the celebrations! Now that I have gotten into the swing of intern year and I have board studying off of my to-do list I am back to writing for the blog. Since my level 3 experience is fresh in my mind and there have been many changes to the exam in the last year I decided to write about the good, the bad, and the ugly when it came to Level 3! Read on to find out about the test format, which study resources I thought were most beneficial, and my tips to doing well. … More COMLEX Level 3 Overview

Doctors Versus Diets

About a year ago I adopted a mainly plant-based diet, or as my colleagues jokingly call it, a flexitarian which is a term to describe a vegetarian who very rarely eats meat. To preface my decision to radically change my diet, it helps to have a bit of a background. In October of 2015 my … More Doctors Versus Diets

Top 10: Apps all Medical Students Should Download

1) The Skimm  (Free – $2.99) The Skimm is a daily email that contains a condensed version of the latest news. It hits my inbox at around 5:30 AM and I read it religiously before walking out the door in the morning. This email covers natural disasters, politics, current events and pop culture references just like … More Top 10: Apps all Medical Students Should Download

A Tale of Two Patients

Two patients.
Two Outcomes.
One Common Problem.

America is in the midst of an opioid epidemic. In 2015 there were more than 33,000 overdose deaths. This number rose to more than 64,000 deaths in 2016 and these numbers show no signs of slowing down. To put these numbers in perspective, more than double the number of people died by drug overdose last year than the number of people killed by gun violence.
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